Note to self. Write about not being able to write more often. You will have topics to write about all freakin’ day.
There was some buzz about it when Rowling registered the domain name two years ago, with everyone hoping it had something to do with the Encyclopaedia. (That’s my long-awaited dream. I expect it’ll be out in time for my 50th birthday.)
The fan world–which I’m hiding from, leery of chansex fan fiction–has been buzzing about it being Rowling’s homegrown version of Leaky Cauldron or Mugglenet. Because you know the world needs more compendia of book facts, fan fiction and social networking fora.
According to Gawker the new “coming soon” has something to do with a branded smartphone.
From where I sit, deeply entrenched in my publishing geek world, my money is on this:
The last movie is coming out tout de suite, and that means that the revenue stream and awareness are going to peak* this summer. If Rowling hopes to ride the wave, she’s got to hop on it now.
And if she’s learned anything at all from George “my goiter has its own congressional representative” Lucas, she knows that it would be a great idea to re-release the books in 3-d. Errr, make that “e-book format.”
So my bet is that we’ll be getting a branded smartphone with the long-awaited e-book formats available for purchase. And don’t I hope so, having not been able to hold my copies this year and do any Potter reading.
(*note to various blogauthors and commenters. “Peak” means “the top of”. “Peek” means “a furtive glance or stolen look”. “Pique” means “to poke at with something sharp.” Therefore when something is sharp enough to stick into you and grab your awareness it PIQUES it. I have seen this misusage no fewer than 14 times in the last 9 days.)